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Complainant Name:
The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith complained that the newspaper had inaccurately suggested that she had "spent three months trying to stop" the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from accessing police files.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the reference from its online article, annotated its records and published the following letter from the complainant:

Your article about me on Sunday 18 October suggested that I had tried to prevent the Parliamentary Commissioner accessing information about my police protection as Home Secretary. This is completely wrong.

The Parliamentary Commissioner had unprecedented access to my personal and Ministerial diaries. We spent several hours over several days going through every night for the previous four years. I provided photographic evidence that your original charge that I had not spent the previous Christmas at my London home was wrong.

I agreed to the Commissioner approaching the Police and waived my rights under the Data Protection Act so that personal information about me could be shared with the Commissioner.

The result of all this information was the table that the Commissioner prepared which can be found at para 72 of his report. This actually shows that I spent more nights in London than in Redditch over the period of the complaint.

Report: 80

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